~ May 2008 - Enhancing Longevity Through the Miami Mediterranean Diet

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  • Enhancing Longevity Through the Miami Mediterranean Diet

    By Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA with Dale Kiefer

    While most people relentlessly pursue diet after diet to lose weight, often with mixed results, there is one diet that not only helps you safely lose weight but can also dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease as well. In countless studies, a Mediterranean-style diet has been proven to lower inflammatory markers, reduce metabolic syndrome, eliminate many of the risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, and lower one’s exposure to cancer.1-13 In short, this is a diet and a lifestyle that not only can make you look and feel great but can help you live a longer, healthier life at the same time.

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  • Powerful Relief from Inflammatory Pain and Other Age-Related Disorders

    By Steve Goodman

    If you ever wonder why pharmaceutical companies (and their collaborators at the FDA) are so biased against dietary supplements, the article you are about to read provides an eye-opening answer.

    Americans have long been deceived to think that prescription drugs are the only effective remedies for common age-related disorders. Data about natural therapies remains largely censored, as widespread dissemination of this knowledge would reduce demand for highly profitable arthritis medications.

    While pharmaceutical companies earned billions of dollars selling anti-inflammatory drugs, the side effects caused by this class of medications sent millions of Americans to hospitals and mortuaries. As body counts mounted (and patents expired), drug companies brought out so-called "safer" arthritis drugs like Vioxx® and Bextra® that were later withdrawn due to lethal adverse reactions.

    Virtually all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) now carry a blanket warning about potential increased risks of heart attack and stroke with their use.

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  • D-Ribose: Energize Your Heart, Save Your Life

    By Julius G. Goepp, MD

    Rejuvenate Cardiac Cellular Energy Production

    After a heart attack, there is a limited window of time to restore cellular energy production. Failure to rejuvenate blood-deprived cardiac cells results in catastrophic heart muscle damage.

    New studies reveal how a low-cost nutrient can protect against cell damage that occurs during a heart attack and help rejuvenate heart muscles that have suffered injuries from previous ischemic (no blood flow) events.

    Supporting "Cardiac Rejuvenation"

    Cardiologists are slowly recognizing specific nutrients play a vital role in preventing and treating heart disease—particularly ischemic heart disease (caused by coronary artery occlusion) that underlies most heart attacks. When deprived of blood flow, the injured heart muscle becomes flabby and unable to pump blood efficiently.

    The sharp drop in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels experienced by heart muscle cells during the obstruction of blood flow, and the long delay in restoring those levels to normal even after blood flow returns is critically important after a heart attack. This so-called ischemia-reperfusion injury is now known to be the major culprit that produces long-term heart damage in survivors of heart attacks, rendering tissue inordinately vulnerable to free-radical damage produced by the oxygen-rich (yet life-saving) re-flow of blood into the injured area. In fact, one researcher this year referred to the heart mitochondria (the site of all that ATP production) as "the gates of life and death." Clearly, helping heart muscle cells to recover rapidly from a cardiac event is a major priority in preventing long-term damage.

    A natural ingredient for building new ATP, D-ribose is an important component of a "cardiac rejuvenation" regimen. Animal studies show that it dramatically increases ATP levels in the critical reperfusion period after a heart attack (the time when blood flow is restored and cells use energy at extremely high levels to repair the damage). This provides much-needed energy levels to block further injury and start the healing process.

    A landmark interventional study demonstrated these effects dramatically.9 The cardiac arrest induced during certain kinds of heart surgery (such as bypass surgery) causes heart muscle function to deteriorate quickly, even in relatively healthy areas of the heart, an effect that is associated with low ATP levels, which can severely delay recovery following surgery. As a result, the scientists administered D-ribose to the heart during surgery, reasoning that they could "stoke up" heart muscle in advance with the necessary ingredients for ATP. This procedure produced dramatic results in the experimental study consisting of a full hour of cardiac arrest. The ribose-supplemented experimental group showed significant improvement in heart muscle function compared with controls—and the amount of improvement correlated directly with the quantity of ATP in the heart muscle.

    Since then, convincing evidence has continued to accumulate that D-ribose directly contributes to the rejuvenation of injured heart muscle.

    In essence, these studies established the powerful protective effect of D-ribose and other ATP components under the most stressful situation heart muscle can encounter—complete cessation of blood flow followed by sudden return of oxygen-carrying blood.

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  • Magnesium: Widespread Deficiency with Deadly Consequences

    By David Nayor

    According to the National Institutes of Health: Widespread Deficiency with Deadly Consequences

    "Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes."

    The federal government recommends that adult men consume 420 mg of magnesium a day, but admits that many Americans do not obtain this amount.

    Magnesium is a very low-cost dietary supplement. The fact that so many are magnesium-deficient is a further indictment of today's broken health care system.

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  • Featured Product: D-Ribose Powder - People suffering from cardiac and other debilitating health problems often exhibit severely depleted cellular energy in heart and muscle tissue, which can greatly impair normal daily functions.

    The primary source of energy for all cellular processes is a molecule known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Healthy, active cells constantly replenish their supply of ATP to produce vital cellular energy. However, under conditions of stress, injury, or aging, critical body tissues such as heart and skeletal muscles cannot produce ATP quickly enough to perform optimally.

    D-ribose, a carbohydrate molecule found in every living organism, facilitates the production of ATP. In studies of healthy athletes as well as those who have suffered injury to the heart muscle, supplying fatigued muscle cells with D-ribose quickly restored ATP levels to normal. By helping to rapidly refill depleted energy stores, D-ribose may be especially beneficial for people coping with cardiac and other problems marked by impaired cellular energy production.

    D-Ribose Caps and D-Ribose Powder can help speed energy recovery, increase energy reserves, and maintain healthy energy levels in heart and muscle tissue.

    Supplement Facts

    Serving Size: 1 scoop (5000 mg)

    Servings Per Container: approx. 30

    Amount Per Serving
    • Calories - 30
    • Total Carbohydrates - 5 g
    • Sugars - 5 g
    • Bioenergy Ribose (Non-GMo D-Ribose) - 5000 mg
    Other ingredients: none.

    This product contains NO milk, egg, fish, peanuts, crustacean shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp), soybeans, tree nuts, wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, or rice. Contains NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.

    Bioenergy Ribose is the property of Bioenergy Life Science, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Dosage and Use: Take one rounded scoop once or twice daily with food for supporting cardiovascular health and energy levels in working muscles, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

    For alternative dosing, take one scoop before and after exercise.

    D-Ribose has a natural mildly sweet taste and can be mixed into hot or cold food. D-Ribose can be used as a sweetener.

    Continued use is necessary to maintain the benefits of D-Ribose Powder.

    Caution: D-ribose can actually lower blood glucose levels; therefore, insulin-dependent diabetics should check with their healthcare practitioner before starting on the supplement. Take D-ribose with meals, or at least mixed into juice, milk, or fruit, to offset the blood glucose-lowering effect.
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